Donald Trump's campaign is a bare-bones effort debilitated by infighting, a lack of staff to carry out basic functions, minimal coordination with allies and a message that's prisoner to Trump's momentary whims, sources told NBC News.
Three Trump aides and two sources working closely alongside the campaign requested anonymity in order speak freely about the campaign to NBC News.
"Bottom line, you can hire all the top people in the world, but to what end? Trump does what he wants," a source close to the campaign said.
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Trump's campaign is lacking a communications team to deal with the hundreds of media outlets covering the race, no rapid response director to quickly rebut attacks and launch new ones, and a limited cast of surrogates who lack a cohesive message.
The campaign is bringing on a new senior staffer Jim Murphy, according to The New York Times, and a source told NBC News more communications hires are expected to follow. But they lag far behind the Clinton campaign.